A majority of the people would have experienced toothache at some point in their life. Toothache is usually immense and prevents the person from performing the daily activities. The most common cause of toothache is a caries or tooth decay. Toothache could also be caused due to a loose filling done for a decayed or broken tooth, exposed root of a tooth, infections, diseases affecting the gums or a cracked tooth.
Here Are Some Diet Tips And Home Remedies To Help You Tide Over The Pain:
1. General Measures:
Brushing and flossing the teeth is very essential. It will help to dislodge any food particle or debris from the broken or decayed tooth or from the painful area. Take care to use the right brush. It is better to use a soft brush over a sensitive area. It there is a loose filling over a cracked tooth, you could use a soft gum to cover up the area till you reach your dentist. Avoid chewing over the painful area.
2. Foods To Eat:
While you are suffering from a toothache, it is best to eat only soft food. Some of the food you could eat eat include soup, yoghurt, ice cream, mashed vegetables, baked potato, oatmeal, pudding etc. A diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces the acidity of the saliva. It is also advisable to eat foods high in calcium and vitamin C. Drinking green tea is also found to provide some help during toothache. Even a strong black tea could be helpful because of its high tannin content. Or you could prepare a peppermint tea by steeping a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for about 20 minutes. Swish this around in your mouth and then spit it out, or you could swallow this if you wish.
3. Foods to Avoid:
Avoid rough and coarse foods that are likely to increase the pain. Also avoid refined sugar in any form including soft drinks. It is best to avoid hot spicy foods and oily foods. Avoid food or liquids that are likely to irritate the painful area like oranges, lemon etc. Do not eat sticky substances too.
1. Salt Water:
Gargling the painful area with warm salt water is an age old method to help in controlling the pain. The swishing with water helps to dislodge any debris and also cleanses the teeth and gums. Moreover the salt water draws out fluid and help in reducing the swelling. It might even provide immediate relief. Add a teaspoon full of salt in a cup of boiling water. Let it cool, till it becomes warm. Swish this around in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out. You could repeat this when necessary.
2. Ice packs:
Ice packs are beneficial especially if there is a trauma to the teeth. Ice packs work by numbing the painful area. Put some ice in a thin plastic bag and wrap a thin towel around it. Apply the compress directly to the teeth (use a single small ice cube here) or apply it on the cheek covering the painful area.
3. Clove Oil:
Cloves are yet another age old remedy for toothache. Cloves are preferred for their anaesthetic properties. It is not advisable to pour the oil directly over the painful area as it could hurt the sensitive gums or even the tongue if any drops come in contact with it. Instead, soak 2 drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and apply it over the teeth. Keep this in place until the pain reduces. You could also chew a clove and then place it on the teeth. Chewing help release the oil from it.
4. Rinse With Hydrogen Peroxide:
Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant and has action against bacteria and viruses. Rinse a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide and then spit it out. Rinse with clean water after. Hydrogen peroxide should not be swallowed at all. It gives a temporary relief.
Garlic is yet another age old remedy. Garlic has antibiotic and antiinflammatory properties. Add a crushed garlic clove with some salt and apply it on the painful tooth.